Come on out tonight for An Evening with Molly McCloskey - she'll be reading from her Memoir-of-the-Year Circles Around the Sun, an account of her experience with her brother's paranoid schizophrenia. This weekend, Darrah Carr Dance with guest choreographer Se�n Curran bring ModERIN to the Donaghy Theatre, including three opportunities to engage with the artists. And next Tuesday, join us to see and hear the incredible, moving story told in the film Ballymun Lullaby. 

We've finally gotten our internet and email capabilities back! Thank you for being patient with us in the interim. Plus, see below for details on how to book tickets and contribute to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  

An Evening with Molly McCloskey 


Tuesday, November 13 | 7:30 pm 


"Every once in a while, a writer's voice hits such a clear note, the resulting book has the kind of sweetness that makes you hold it in your hands a moment before finding a place for it on your shelves. Circles Around the Sun is this kind of book: it's a keeper."  

- Anne Enright, THE GUARDIAN



Named Memoir of the Year by The Sunday Times (UK), Molly McCloskey's Circles Around the Sun tells the story of her brother, Mike McCloskey --14 years her elder -- who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at twenty-three. The youngest of six siblings, Molly could not recall who her brother was before his illness struck. Through reading an astonishing archive of preserved family letters, Molly pieces together a picture of his life and along the way explores her own demons, and how a seemingly perfect family slowly can fall apart and, in the end, regroup. Join us for an evening with Molly McCloskey.


Molly McCloskey was born in Philadelphia and grew up in North Carolina and Oregon. In 1989, she moved to Ireland, and currently resides in Dublin. She is the author of two short story collections, Solomon's Seal and The Beautiful Changes, and a novel, Protection. As a journalist, essayist and reviewer, she is a regular contributor to The Irish Times, and her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Irish Times, ELLE, and The Dublin Review.


Admission: FREE

Reservations through or 866-811-4111

Don't miss the Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop with Molly McCloskey on December 2 from 1 pm - 5 pm.



Darrah Carr with text  

November 16-18

Friday and Saturday | 8 pm 
Saturday Family Show | 11 am
Sunday | 3 pm

"There's no fresher, more invigorating new American dance now than the choreography of Se�n Curran."  



"Carr is a smiling, exuberant performer with an open, upper body and fast-flying feet"



Join us for the latest from Darrah Carr Dance, whose ever-changing repertory never fails to dazzle and delight! Building on the success of last year's sold-out run, renowned guest choreographer Se�n Curran returns with an innovative twist for the company's trademark style of ModERIN: a unique blend of contemporary modern dance and traditional Irish step. In this new engagement, Curran explores the emotion of lament and reveals the lyrical depths of the company's cast of champion Irish step dancers to express sadness, longing, and regret. Set to live music, additional full-company works combining powerful percussive footwork with graceful fluidity and expressiveness will complete this expansive program.



Three opportunities to engage with the artists:


Saturday | 11 am: A specially priced Family Show

Running Time: 60 minutes


Saturday | 8 pm: Audience talkback with Artistic Director Darrah Carr and guest choreographer Se�n Curran     


Sunday| 3 pm: Pre-show conversation with Darrah Carr Dance



$25 non-member / $20 member / $15 family show or 866-811-4111 


***Please note that 50% of proceeds from Sunday's performance will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, in cooperation with our friends at New York Irish Center. ***


Ballymun Lullaby 

Tuesday, November 20 | 7 pm 
Ballymun Lullaby Trailer
"I think being from Ballymun gave me more fire in my gave me more reason to prove myself. I had more to prove to the world." 

- Glen Hansard in Ballymun Lullaby


Music teacher Ron Cooney has been working in the Republic of Ireland's only high-rise housing estate for fifteen years. During this time he has seen the area undergo a dramatic transformation, including the demolition of six of its seven tower blocks. The young people of Ballymun have had an extraordinary experience, and Ron sets out to produce a collection of music that gives voice to their story and challenges the negative views many still hold of the area. Working with composer Daragh O'Toole, Ron's ambition is for his talented students to write and play music to create a world class collection. What Ron and his students achieve is simply amazing.


Ballymun Lullaby is a story that needs to be heard.

"Uplifting, full of hope, moving and beautifully made" 
- RT� Ten
Hurricane Sandy Relief

In addition to half of the proceeds from our Sunday matinee performance of ModERIN going to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Irish Arts Center is accepting donations of emergency supplies for areas in need at the following times:

Tuesday, November 13: 11 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, November 14: 11 am - 4 pm
Thursday, November 15: 11 am - 4 pm
Friday, November 16: 11 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 17: 11 am - 1 pm

Sunday, November 18: 2 pm - 4 pm


Items needed are: work gloves, water hoses, dust masks, cleaning supplies, toiletries, cough medicine, C and D batteries, flashlights, hand warmers, toiletries, diapers and baby items.


Please bring donations to Irish Arts Center at 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY. Please don't hesitate to call us at 212.757.3318 with any questions.

IAC Recommends

Charity 5 Km Race in Riverside Park

to raise funds for  

The Mark Pollock Trust


Wednesday, November 14th

Race starts at 7:30pm in Riverside Park at 108th street 

Registration starts at 6:30pm  

Mark Pollock's story is one of utter bravery, cruel adversity but most of all inspired living. Despite losing his sight at the age of 22 he went on to become one of the world's most respected adventure athletes. But Mark suffered a terrible accident in 2010 which has left him paralyzed. After 18 months in hospital he is determined to take back control of his life and he is working with researchers in California to create a functional form of robotic legs for people with paralysis. Thousands took part last year in night races around the world for Mark, and this is the first time that the event comes to New York. Afterparty at The Five Lamps Tavern, a short walk from the finish line.  


Sign up here: $25 entry fee



Tullamore Dew
Craic Comedy:
Comedy Relief Benefit for West End School

Friday, November 16 | Doors open at 6:30 pm | Show begins at 8 pm 

The third annual CRAIC Comedy Festival is now a Comedy Relief benefit, with proceeds going to the West School in Long Beach, New York. Starring Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Ted), with opening act Kevin Flynn (Comedy Central). Special guests will be coming by as well! Complimentary Tullamore Dew during the show.  

116 MacDougal Street | New York, NY 10012

Admission: $20 in advance | $25 at the door
Tickets here.
For more information: or 646-549-1349


Fishamble: The New Play Company
November 23 - December 16 

After his critically acclaimed run here at IAC in September, Pat Kinevane returns as the homeless McGoldrig in his fantastic one-man show Silent at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. 

Odyssey Theatre | 2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard | Los Angeles, CA

Admission: $30/$25
Tickets and information: 

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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.